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February 7, 2004

Winters leads PSU past Simmons in Women’s Swimming & Diving

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Annabelle Winters (Chester, N.H.) captured three individual events Saturday afternoon, leading the Plymouth State University women's swimming and diving team past Simmons College, 156-141, in the last dual meet of the season at the PSU Natatorium.

PSU wraps up the dual meet season with a 5-5 overall record. The Panthers are now idle for two weeks prior to the New England Championships at Bentley College on Feb. 20-22.

Winters brought home first place in three freestyle events, winning the 1,000-yard free in 11 minutes, 48.02 seconds, the 100 free in 59.98 seconds, and the 500 free in a season-best 5:45.12. She also swam the anchor leg on PSU's 400-yard freestyle relay team, which finished second.

Five other Panthers, three swimmers and two divers, collected individual wins. Senior Scarlette Scarborough (Salem, N.H.) captured the 200-yard butterfly in a season-best 2:23.55; Freshman Rachel Hersey (Newburyport, Mass.) took the 50 free in 27.42 seconds; Freshman Cait Anton (Woolwich, Maine) touched first in the 200 backstroke (2:21.37); Senior Krit Kearins (Andover, Mass.) scored the most points in the one-meter diving (238.00); and senior Jenna Crescenzi (Killingworth, Conn.) registered her first win of the year with a season-best score of 227.90 in the three-meter diving.

The PSU victory offset strong performances by Simmons senior Jenn Merry (Bath, Maine) and junior Maura Nugent (Milford, N.J.). Merry captured three individual events, winning the 200 breaststroke (2:38.88), the 50 fly (29.53) and the 200 individual medley (2:24.69), and Nugent was a double-winner, taking the 50 back (31.11) and 50 breast (35.87). Sophomore Kathleen Minihan (Nantucket, Mass.) also won the 200 free (2:09.41) for the Sharks, just out touching PSU's Anton.

The Panthers, who finished 5-5 in dual meets for the third year in a row, will be out to match or improve on last year's finish at the New England Championships, when they finished sixth out of 20 teams.

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